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Speeding Up Windows 8 for Web Development (using WAMP)

Posted on 02/25/2013 at 01:33 pm | Viewed 42,646 times | 0 comments

Here is my list of optimizations and changes you can make (and I've had to make) in order to get WAMP (and CakePHP) to run faster on my Windows 8 computer. Speed Up WAMP Web Development on Windows 8 The short list, in order of importance (stop once you are happy with your localhost web server response time and speed): Get the latest version of...

Must Have Tool for Screen Capture: Greenshot

Posted on 02/25/2013 at 12:31 pm | Viewed 9,746 times | 0 comments

I'm attempting to better document some of the tools and utitlites I use on a daily basis to make worklife just a little bit easier.  Something I find myself doing more and more (especially with my new focus on documentation) is taking screen shots. First, for a primer on capturing your screen and saving it or emailing it to someone, please...

Free iPod to iTunes Music Transfer on Windows - iBackuper

Posted on 02/23/2013 at 11:47 am | Viewed 33,735 times | 0 comments

My review of iBackuper: Excellent, Simple and easy to use .  You can't go wrong when there are only 3 buttons. I can restore my iTunes Library onto a new Computer using my iPod. Sure thing. My Windows music library computer finally crashed.  With its demise, all of my music files were safe.  Don't worry I said.  All my music is safely backed...

Avoiding Errors with Zend Lucene Search Results

Posted on 01/14/2013 at 02:34 pm | Viewed 12,104 times | 0 comments

A common, recurring headache and complaint among Zend Lucene search processing is handling the data fields in search results. We all like to be flexible and robust in handling the results, we may want our search to return news articles, blogs or webpage content.   Invariably,  we run into problems, usually in the form of an exception Fatal...

Integration of Cakephp Internationalization and GIT

Posted on 12/28/2012 at 12:33 pm | Viewed 17,550 times | 0 comments

We have discovered in a recent implementation of Internationalization that GIT can corrupt the POEdit generated *.po and *.mo files. Upon committing updated files GIT by default will replace the LF with CRLF in these files.   These files cannot be tampered with after generation,  even viewing the files with most windows based editor may corrupt...

Smooth Gradients in Photoshop

Posted on 10/24/2012 at 10:16 am | Viewed 10,215 times | 0 comments

Every now and then, when I look really close at a design in Photoshop, I see that one of my color gradient layers looks really bad.  I didn't know what this was called, until I searched around for how to get smooth gradients in Photoshop.  Your Gradient's Worst Enemy: Banding Turns out this lovely effect is called banding .  This makes...

Best Way To Get Transparent PNGs Without Any Hacks

Posted on 10/21/2012 at 10:27 am | Viewed 8,782 times | 0 comments

I avoided PNG images for quite a while, mainly because I could accomplish almost every task with transparent GIFs (if not, I could change the design ever so slightly).  Fast forward a few years and web designs are far too complex and textured to only use transparent GIFs, plus it's so much cooler to say "ping" than "gif".  Another reason I...

CakePHP Form Security Blackhole on Large Forms

Posted on 06/28/2012 at 11:11 am | Viewed 10,363 times | 0 comments

I kept getting the White Screen of Death (WSOD).  What we at Saco Design have appropriately named the behavior of the default blackhole Security Component setting.  The weird issue was that I was getting the issue only on the live server.  I had recently updated the live server's version of PHP to the latest 5.3.x release.  However, I...

Calling an Element from a Helper

Posted on 02/24/2012 at 02:07 pm | Viewed 8,569 times | 0 comments

This one caused me more than a little headache,  turned out it was easily solvable. renderElement() can be used in a helper function. The following example worked nicely for me. In this case I am calling and element "order_form.ctp"   $theView = ClassRegistry::getObject('view'); echo $this->output($theView->renderElement('order_form'));...

Forcing A Single Join in CakePHP Pagination

Posted on 10/14/2011 at 09:25 am | Viewed 16,422 times | 0 comments

The devil's in the details... I was trying to make a really simple, dreadfully easy, database join in my CakePHP web application.  I've forced joins in Cake before, using the 'joins' key in the options array for find calls and paginate calls with no issue.  It was late and for the first time I only wanted to use a single join.  I copied the...

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